The Well Travelled Queen

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The Queen is one of the most well-travelled ladies in the world, having visited over 110 countries during her 60-year reign. To mark her Diamond Jubilee, here are some of Queenie's travel destinations, along with a few top tips to make you feel like royalty during your holiday!

Click here to see the BBC's interactive map of every royal visit the Queen has made.

Rome, Italy

The majestic capital of Italy, Rome is home to a wealth of ancient history, including the Colosseum and the stunning Trevi Fountain. The Vatican City lies at its centre, while modern Rome is a haven of architecture and design. It's also the birthplace of some of the world's top fashion designers, making a Rome city break ideal for culture and art lovers, as well as avid window-shoppers!

Live like Royalty: Visit the Altare della Patria, a beautiful monument set in the heart of the city, containing stunning pieces of artwork, and panoramic views of the city from the rooftop.

Paris, France

Known worldwide as the City of Love, Paris is ideal for city breaks with a loved one, home to some of the world's most famous art galleries, including the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay. Explore the city by bicycle, climb the Eiffel Tower, marvel at the stunning architecture, and of course, taste some of the incredible delicacies on offer.

Live Like Royalty: Take a walk through Champs Elysee, where Queen Elizabeth II made her Royal entrance to Elysee Palace. Today, the avenue is considered the most beautiful in the world, lined with chestnut trees,  cafés and luxury shops.

Charlottenburg Palace

Charlottenburg Palace

Berlin, Germany

Berlin is famous for its long, rich history and its post-industrial atmosphere, mixing the best of the old with the new in its style and attitude. Fashion houses and art districts lie alongside classic 17th-century German architecture, including the famous Reichstag building and the beautiful Gothic-style Berlin Cathedral, not to be missed on Berlin holidays!

Live like Royalty: Visit the palace and gardens of Schloss Charlottenburg, Berlin's largest castle. The grounds boast stunning formal gardens, a theatre and pavilion, and was one of Her Majesty's favourite landmarks when she visited in 1965.

Madrid's Royal Palace. Image credit: Fabio Alessandro Locati

Madrid, Spain

As Spain's capital city, Madrid is famous for its cosmopolitan attitude and vibrant atmosphere, promising a warm welcome and an exciting Spanish holiday for all visitors! Perfect for art lovers thanks to the galleries and designer gardens, Madrid is also famed for its nightlife, making it ideal for a group holiday! T

Live Like Royalty: Visit the Palacio Real, the Royal Palace. You'll get a tour of the Armoury, the Library and the Pharmacy, and while it may not be Buckingham Palace, it's an exquisite treat for the whole family!

Majorca, Spain

The beaches and Mediterranean sun of Majorca make it a beautiful destination for a little rest and relaxation. Golden sands, crystal clear waters, and a vast range of wildlife in the surrounding countryside means it's one of the most popular summer destinations in the world, and with so many surrounding villages and water parks to discover, Majorca holidays are perfect for all ages.

Live like Royalty: While Majorca's a big destination for celebrities, there's none more famous than HRH herself! Visit Majorca's capital city, Palma, to discover a rich culture and fantastic cuisine.

Marrakech spices

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Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech's eclectic atmosphere is noticeable the moment you set foot inside the city; from Djemma Square's merchants and performers to the ancient tombs of Saadien, the rich culture is a delight to discover and explore. The old city, known as the Medina, houses monuments and buildings dating back over 1000 years, while outside, modern Marrakech promises top bars and restaurants.

Live like Royalty: When Queen Elizabeth II visited in 1980, she was treated to a sumptuous feast by King Hassan II. Look out for the traditional restaurants, serving Moroccan specialties, for a true taste of the local flavour!

 

Turin, Italy

Turin was once the capital of Italy, and boasts a beautifully classic atmosphere, with baroque buildings and spectacular regal statues in the city centre. Don't be fooled though; modern Turin also plays host to a rich gourmet food culture, an exciting nightlife and a chic fashion scene to discover. The Alpine ski resorts are just moments away, making it a fun city to visit in both summer and winter.

Live Like Royalty: Escape to the tranquility of the Giardino Reale, beautiful gardens which stretch out in all directions, filled with tree-lined avenues, hidden sculptures and beautifully ornate fountains on a Turin city break.

Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon

Reykjavik, Iceland

A break to Reyjavik, Iceland's fairytake-like capital, promises an adventurous holiday, from exploring volcanoes and mountain ranges to whale-spotting out in Faxaflói bay, or taking a dip in the thermal waters of the famous Blue Lagoon. Cocktail bars furnished with ice, seafood restaurants serving freshly-caught produce, and a range of entertainment from the street to the theatres makes it the ideal destination for something different!

Live like Royalty: The geothermal spas are ideal for a day of relaxation, with treatments and therapies to make you feel as pampered as a prince or princess!

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam is well known for its nightlife and party scene, but during the day the city comes alive with flower markets, river tours and café culture. The city boasts beautiful gardens to explore and a wealth of cultural buildings and museums, including the Van Gogh Museum and the home of Rembrandt. Explore the central square and the canal routes for a full tour of the city.

Live like Royalty: Head to the Stadhuis-Muziektheater for an evening of classical music and dance in a truly spectacular theatre, ideal for a special night out!

Valletta city

Valletta city

Malta

The island of Malta is a beach-lover's paradise, with miles of soft, sandy coastline, and deep warm waters perfect for diving and water sports. Malta is also home to no less than 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Queen lived here for two years, with the Duke of Edinburgh, shortly after they were married, and visited again in 2007 to celebrate their 60th anniversary!

Live like Royalty: Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, in Valletta. Formerly a royal palace, the building itself is beautiful, and houses some iconic paintings, as well as plenty of photo opportunities!